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NW Contemporary, Mediterranean & Zen mix in $3M Magnolia mansion

Location is important enough that having a view, or southern exposure, or being close to the water can drive up value and price. Put all three together, include easy access to Seattle, and the site alone can explain much of the $2,950,000 price

One measure of a Northwest Contemporary is whether it weathers well. This Zen mansion sits over the Magnolia shore looking southwest across the sound, the city, and down the lines of our mountains. It's been doing that since 1973, and looks like it was built last year.

Location is important enough that having a view, or southern exposure, or being close to the water can drive up value and price. Put all three together, include easy access to Seattle, and the site alone can explain much of the $2,950,000 price.

If that's all it took to justify the price, then any 4 bedroom, 3 bath would suffice, whether it was 4,090 square feet or not. Instead, the house blends a mix of styles. NW Contemporary, sure. A bit of Mediterranean because of the stucco walls and tile roof, okay. A minimalist expression of line keeps it from being too ornate. The emphasis is on the site, supported by quiet (and bright) luxury.

The techniques held back from mortise and tenon by using steel brackets around the outside walkways and porches. Maybe that's an earthquake consideration, or simply easier construction. Landscaping is manicured, but unobtrusive and looks native. With such sweeping views, there's little reason to create distractions on the 10,454 square foot lot.

Except for a few pieces of stained wood furniture, the inside can be described as white and shiny. Any color you bring will stand out, especially if it is fine art. Of course, you might want to bring in some paint instead, to help you tell one room from the next.

· 1620 34th Ct W [Windermere]